In the mornings, after I read my Bible, I will read a bit from a devotional book and then some sort of motivational/personal development type book. Then in the evenings, I read whatever fiction book I am reading at the moment.
Currently, the non-fiction book I am reading in the mornings is Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion For Life by Crystal Paine.
The author, Crystal Paine, is someone whom I find highly motivational. She has a gift for motivating and leading without being preachy or condescending. I've been following Crystal's blog, Money Saving Mom, for years! She is very real and open, and I think that's what I can relate to most about her and her writings.
So many times over the past few years, I've told my husband and friends that I felt I was just in survival mode. So to find a book written by Crystal about getting out of survival mode...well, I'm on it!
As of this writing, I am about half way through the book. So far I've learned about saying yes to the best things, setting goals, and discipline. Currently, I'm reading through the chapter on being intentional with your bank account. From what I've read so far, I have gathered practical, applicable advice about living an intentional life without wearing myself to a frazzle. The chapters to come deal with the home, feeling a failure, making a difference, and more.
The introduction begins with:
Frazzled, Tired, and Behind? You're Not AloneSo if you feel like you're living in survival mode, you are not alone, my friend. And I'm glad I've got this book to show me I'm not the only one who wants to be free from the bondage of just trying to survive. It's time to thrive!